Thursday, 22 March 2018

Delta Saxophone Quartet New Album for April 2018 "Bowie, Berlin & Beyond" Press Release from Chris Caldwell

Delta Saxophone Quartet
Tenor: Tim Holmes - Alto: Pete Wyman
Soprano: Graeme Blevins - Baritone: Chris Caldwell

"Bowie, Berlin & Beyond"
for release on FMR Records April 2018

This album is the result of the collective work of one saxophone quartet, two composers, an artist, and a sound designer.. all inspired by the iconic pop actor/artist/musician, David Bowie and what he continually pointed towards . . . the unknown.

 The Delta Saxophone Quartet was formed in 1984 and held its first rehearsals in SE London not far from Bowie’s Beckenham roots and his Experimental Arts Lab Project.

 The quartet has always looked to merge the boundaries of its sound world, often combining contemporary jazz, progressive rock and the avant-garde. A constant mission to surprise and experiment, looking to re-invent itself but being respectful to the ‘art form’, very much like Bowie.

Delta Saxophone Quartet
Tenor: Tim Holmes - Soprano: Graeme Blevins
Baritone: Chris Caldwell - Alto: Pete Wyman
This album is a ‘sonic’ and ‘ambient’ stroll through Bowie’s Berlin years and beyond. An Englishman’s ‘doffing the cap’ to the echoes of a European cultural history, a reflection on time past combined with the constant of moving forwards. A recognition of an innate sense of belonging but striving to be independent and creative too.

 This recording was made at a time when the U.K. has been polarised by Brexit and a breaking away from Europe. Hopefully when the political dust settles there will be a realisation that it’s our shared fragility and not short term power which unites every one of us. Something Bowie intrinsically recognised.

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